John Olawepo Biography

John Olawepo

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Health Science
Bouvé College of Health Sciences

[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Global Health
Maternal and Child Health
Implementation Science


John Olawepo is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Science, Northeastern University. His research explores chronic illnesses among people living with HIV. He also does research in global health, maternal and child health, and implementation science.

Dr. Olawepo received his medical training from the University of Ilorin, and postgraduate training in Public Health from the University of London, UK, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has over ten years of clinical, programmatic, and research experience working on CDC, USAID, and NIH grants.

Project Description

Sub-Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and infants infected with HIV. Dr. Olawepo’s body of work explores innovative mechanisms to prevent transmission of new infections to infants and improve the quality of life for adults living with HIV, especially as regards the early diagnosis and treatment of chronic illnesses among PLHIV.

Publications – Past Five Years

Eboreime, E.A., Olawepo, J.O., Banke-Thomas, A., Abejirinde, I.O., & Abimbola, S. (2020). Appraising and addressing design and implementation failure in global health: A pragmatic framework. Global Public Health. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1814379.

Olawepo, J.O., Pharr, J.R., Cross, C.L., Kachen, A., Olakunde, B.O., & Sy, F.S. (2020). Changes in body mass index among people living with HIV who are new on highly active antiretroviral therapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2020.1770181

Olakunde, B.O., Adeyinka, D.A., Olawepo, J.O., & Pharr, J.R. (2019). HIV testing among men in Nigeria: Comparative analysis between young people and adults. AIDS Care, 32(2), 155-162. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1622642.

Olakunde, B.O., Adeyinka, D.A., Olawepo, J.O., Pharr, J.R., Ozigbu, C., Wakdok, S., Oladele, T., & Ezeanolue, E.E. (2019). Towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria: A health system perspective of the achievements and challenges. International Health, 11(4), 240-249. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihz018.

Gbadamosi, S.O., Itanyi, I.U., Menson, W.N.A., Olawepo, J.O., Bruno, T., Ogidi, A.G., Patel, D.V., Oko, J., Onoka, A.O., & Ezeanolue, E.E. (2019). Targeted HIV testing for male partners of HIV positive pregnant women in a high prevalence setting in Nigeria. PLoS ONE, 14(1): e0211022.

Olawepo, J.O., Pharr, J.R., & Kachen, A. (2018). The use of social marketing campaigns to increase HIV testing: A systematic review. AIDS Care, 31(2), 153-162. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1533631.

Gbadamosi, S.O., Eze, C., Olawepo, J.O., Iwelunmor, J., Sarpong, D.F., Ogidi, A.G., Patel, D., Oko, J.O., Onoka, C., & Ezeanolue, E.E. (2018). A patient-held smartcard with a unique identifier and mHealth platform to improve the availability of prenatal test results in rural Nigeria: Demonstration study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(1), e18.